Special Report

America's Highest Paying Companies

9. Good Technology
> Median annual compensation: $147,500
> Number of employees: N/A
> Sector: Information technology
> Headquartered: Sunnyvale, CA

Good Technology reportedly pays its employees median annual salaries of roughly $147,500, ninth highest among companies reviewed. Like many other high-paying companies, Good Technologies is a software company located in California. It specializes in mobile security. However, unlike most of the high-paying technology companies, Good Technology employees do not seem to be especially satisfied despite their relatively high pay. The average employee rating is 3.0, which is both the lowest among the highest paying companies that we reviewed and below the average rating of 3.2 for all companies on Glassdoor. The CEO approval rating of 51% was also the lowest among companies on this list. A review of the qualitative feedback on Glassdoor indicates that the chief complaints by employees are poor work/life balance and a disconnect between upper management and the day-to-day operations of the business.

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8. Mozilla
> Median annual compensation: $147,556
> Number of employees: 1,000+
> Sector: Information technology
> Headquartered: Mountain View, CA

Based in Mountain View, California, Mozilla is part of the highly-competitive information technology industry. For example, the company has a history of positioning itself against Google. Last year, Mozilla replaced Google as its default search engine in its Firefox browser. And earlier this month, Google was replaced in all of Mozilla’s service to Turkey. Intense competition also exists in the industry’s job market. Highly-skilled workers are in short supply for the rising numbers of tech jobs, and Mozilla’s high median annual compensation of $147,566 is part of an effort to attract the best people to the company. While salaries are quite high, the overall rating of the company on Glassdoor was just 3.3 versus the average for all companies of 3.2. Also, only 63% of reviewers said they would recommend the company to a friend, one of the lower percentages compared to other high-paying companies. Mozilla is the only company on this list classified as a nonprofit organization.

7. Boston Consulting
> Median annual compensation: $158,463
> Number of employees: 10,500
> Sector: Consulting
> Headquartered: Boston, MA

The Boston Consulting Group is one of several consulting firms among the highest paying companies in America. As Chamberlain explained, rising demand for an industry’s services tends to raise wages in companies operating within that sector. According to the BLS, people pursuing careers as management consultants face steep competition due to the high salaries as well, and employment in the job is projected to grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. At Boston Consulting, a management consultant is paid as much as $150,000 annually. The median for the firm’s more than 10,000 workers is nearly $160,000 annually, according to Glassdoor. Like several other high-paying companies, the high salaries promoted relatively strong employee ratings of the company — a 4.3 versus the average of 3.2 for all companies. In addition, CEO Rich Lesser has a near perfect approval rating.

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